Deputies identify suspect in Bassett homicide investigation

AUSTIN(Henry County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Nov. 20, 2021 at 11:25 PM EST
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BASSETT, Va. (WDBJ) - UPDATE: The Henry County Sheriff’s Office has identified the suspect and victim in a homicide investigation.

According to deputies, the victim sustained at least one gunshot wound to the torso, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The victim has been identified as Lewis Javon Rumley, 41, of Fieldale, VA. The body will be transported to the medical examiner for the Western District of Virginia where an autopsy will be performed.

During the investigation, Dewayne Euvonne Austin Jr., 20, of Martinsville, VA developed as a suspect.

Warrants have been issued on Austin for first-degree murder and the use of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

According to law enforcement, Austin is wanted. He is described as a black male, 5′8″, 135 pounds.

He is believed to be armed with a handgun.


One person is dead and the Henry County Sheriff’s office is investigating the death as a homicide.

It happened just after 8 p.m. Saturday in the 900 block of Blackberry Rd. in Bassett. According to Sheriff Lane Perry, investigators believe they know the identity of the deceased but have not yet notified immediate family members.

This is an ongoing investigation.

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